In the COUP Trilogy (A COUP, THROUGH and THROUGH (1 of 3); (2 of 3); and (3 of 3) I charged that DNC operatives hid hundreds of votes of Clinton pledged delegates from vote binding states at the 2008 DNC Services Corporation Nominating Convention so as to ensure Obama’s foregone nomination would be based only on votes cast by delegates pledged to either candidate, and not on votes cast by unpledged PLEO’s, or Party Leaders and Elected Officials, the so-called super delegates. Further, I alleged the DNC instituted this maneuver so as to allow these PLEO’s to avoid scrutiny they had sold their votes to the higher bidder. One week later, I want to clarify these 2 (two) points; and to add another.
First, do not let the technicalities and background narratives of these pieces obscure this damning fact: members of the Democratic Party conspired to violate the election laws passed in 13 (thirteen) states.
Second, although my conclusions as to the role the PLEO’s played in this coup was new, the information that they were bought, was not. Nor was any of the other information I posted regarding the advance planning implemented by senior D’s to ensure Obama would be the Presidential nominee, including configuring a skewed votes-per-delegate formula. Or the ongoing machinations to ensure his nomination, such as re-allocating pledged delegates from one candidate to another, by the RBC; and compelling ongoing negotiations regarding not only how and when, but also whether to hold what should have been an automatic open roll call vote of all states on the floor of the convention, consistent with past practice. What was new was the way in which I wove all of these together into cause and effect. And just because the facts fit my final conclusion, this does not mean, I am right although, naturally, I believe I am.
Most importantly, the reason I wrote the COUP Trilogy telling you how election laws were broken – and these vote binding laws are all codified in the section of state laws marked “Election” – was so that you could do something about it.
I admit and have admitted several times, I was ignorant as to how our political system worked in real life, before the 2008 election cycle. But in the past two years, I have worked tirelessly to de-construct the election process and then, to explain what I learned to my fellow citizens, in terms lay people can understand. That’s one of the reasons I provided so much background information in this series, especially when the charges I was making could have been accomplished in much fewer lines. For example, I detailed how I stumbled onto vote binding states and frantically worked to get the word out. Why? Because this information did not make the ‘news.’ In other words, you would not know what I did unless I told you. This is precisely why I told you. I hoped that chronicling the serendipitous nature of my ‘discoveries,’ I would help you to realize, by overseeing the electoral process, asking questions whenever you think something isn’t quite right until you are satisfied you understand what went wrong, you, too, can come to know as much about our political system as those who ‘did wrong.’
In other instances, I pointed you to exactly what went wrong, even if the conduct was not illegal. For example, I included numerous links which led to more information spelling out that PLEO’s voiced public support for the D candidate who donated more money to his or her PAC’s (Political Action Committees).
But figuring out what went wrong or being told what went wrong points to the inherent shortcoming of all of my work. That is, just knowing what went wrong is not enough; now, you have to fix it.
For some people, this means educating others, or correcting mistakes where possible, especially when it comes to members of the press, who, at least when reporting on the voting obligation of pledged delegates at the convention, keep getting it wrong. Some people will have to do more.
For example, our state officials must be compelled to enforce existing laws. Even with admittedly flawed election laws, zealous law enforcement alone could have prevented the fraud that pervaded the 2008 elections. This means doing more than just writing or calling when both prove ineffective to get the official’s attention. People will be required to visit state offices to advance their concerns, accompanied by friends, family, and colleagues, arm-in-arm with the press. In states with holes in existing laws, for example, those states with no vote binding laws, we need to enact these laws. Votes in our state should mean something, whether cast in a general election or in a Presidential preference primary. Otherwise, we should refuse to conduct the primary for the political party. After all, we enacted the laws whose language allowed these private clubs to insinuate themselves into our governmental process in the first place. Only we have the power to write them out.
We also have to ‘call out’ those officials who did us wrong.
I wonder; DID ANYONE CONTACT THE OFFICIALS WHOSE CONVENTION VOTES WERE FOR SALE TO SAY, SHAME ON YOU! If their conduct in this regard now persuades you to vote for someone else, how will they know? If you don’t support the votes cast by your elected officials; or if they won’t enforce vote binding laws in your state (or even investigate charges against a party official who placed the name of a candidate on the ballot notwithstanding he was ineligible for the job) then, announce to these officials you intend not to re-elect them into office. And don’t. But also make sure the candidates now getting your votes know that you expect these unresolved issues to be addressed, as the price of being elected into office.
In the week since the COUP series ran, I received comments that point to another weak link in the omnibus citizen advocacy required to fix our political system: partisanship.
Citizen activism has to be non-partisan. After all, vote binding laws apply to everyone in the state, and they were passed by legislators elected by all of the voters. These are LAWS, not R laws, or D laws, or laws only for Unenrolled’s. (I wonder whether any of you, being R’s, ignored the paid off super delegates because the elected officials who bought off the D’s were D’s themselves? Being D’s, did you ignore the bribery of your public officials for this same reason?) Elected officials swear allegiance to the state and federal Constitutions, and not to the major political parties. Regardless of party affiliation, they need to take these oaths seriously. And regardless of party we, the sovereign citizens, have to make them.
I am not saying bipartisanship alone guarantees a job well done. In TX, the law says, only candidates eligible for office can get their names printed on the state ballot. Boyd Richie, Chair of the Texas Democratic Party (“TDP”) swore to state election officials Obama was eligible to be President but refuses to disclose the documentary basis for his Certification. Based in part on these facts, hundreds of citizens of TX – R’s and D’s and I’s – filed well-documented complaints with AG Greg Abbot (R-TX) charging Mr. Richie had committed election fraud. So far, Mr. Abbott refuses to act on these citizen complaints.
On the other hand, you saw that AG Baker (D-GA), on receiving well-documented complaints from citizens of GA – again, D’s and R’s and I’s – that Obama (D-IL) was violating vote binding laws, did something. IMMEDIATELY. (I wrote the letters but these had to be sent by real citizens of GA, with real addresses in the state. After all, AG Baker works for them.)
We have to begin thinking about the electoral process as non-partisan. Not just because as we have seen in the case of the rampant election fraud perpetrated by members of the D Party; the results have impacted us all. But because if one party sees we are impotent to moderate the conduct of the other, then, it correctly extrapolates our impotence across the political spectrum.
Certainly, we citizens are much stronger acting together to address the flaws in our political system than we are acting as agents for interested political parties.
Finally, I want to emphasize the underlying themes of all of the work I produce with respect to how our political system plays out in real life. Citizenship in our Constitutional Republic is not a spectator sport; and no weapon staves off tyranny more effectively than an educated electorate. Bottom line, I spelled out for you in the COUP series the unlawful fraud that occurred at the 2008 DNC Convention, effecting the outcome of the 2008 Presidential election, entrusting you to ‘run’ with this information. Otherwise, I predict, in the 2012 campaign cycle, your most cynical aspirations will come true. That is, nothing will change. (Except, of course, next time, you will understand perfectly everything that goes wrong.)